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Old February 15th, 2012, 04:12 PM
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My adopted German ShepherdXAlaskan Husky is exhausting me!

Hello to all! I am new to Pets.ca. I have joined in hopes to find some advice on how I can start enjoying my dog.

Our story: I adopted Myra from the SPCA 2 1/2 years ago. Myra, is a dominant female with fear aggresion issues which I was warned about through the adoption process. I have not been able to break her of her random attack issues she has with some other dogs and decided not to socialize her to avoid injuries. In making that decision I am left to find ways of gettting her the excercise she needs to be a happy well adjusted dog.

Myra is walked two times a day for from 1/2- 1 hour. I also do ball fetching with her for 15-20 min. once or twice per day. Note* When I have time I take her for 2 hour hikes where she ran freely off leash. After these long hikes she rests for a bit and then in a short time she is ready for the next adventure.

Well, still waiting for the happy, relaxed and well adjusted dog I should have with all the excercise she is gettting not to mention all the petting, frequent beef soup bone treats & regular indoor fetch games I play with her. This energetic girl gets in from this excercise, rests for a little while and then begins her whining and groaning act. We have a 1/3 acre fenced in yard where I put her to get a break from her whining and groaning and all she does is bark for attention. I am exhausted from trying to figure out this energetic dog!

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Old February 15th, 2012, 04:36 PM
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Welcome to the forum!! feel free to post some pics of Myra - we are addicted to pix

Not sure what to suggest for you but if Myra likes food you may try something that puts out treats at a low rate. I have one of these for my cat but it works with dogs too.

Good luck! http://www.pipolino.ca/eng/fordogs.html
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Old February 15th, 2012, 05:29 PM
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Hi Boots! Welcome to the board.

I think Marco has a great suggestion. Another product similar to the one he suggested and one that I find great for my dogs is http://www.omegapaw.com/products/tricky-treat-ball.html

I also think your dog may have some separation anxiety issues? I'm not really sure how to deal with it, but I'm sure some more experienced trainers will come along shortly!
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Old February 18th, 2012, 11:46 PM
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Welcome to the board,

As a Animal Services Officer, I have to say that is it not the best interest for you or your dog, to let her off leash, if she is prone to being aggressive with other dogs. Even in remote areas when hiking. You are pretty much asking for trouble letting her off leash. You could be fined greatly, sued,and worse your dog could be put down. i dont mean to be rude, but please be responsible and leash your dog when out in public. I see and enforce dog attacks everyday. GS and Huskies need regular extensive excercise. Why not give the SPCA a call where you adopted her from and see if they can provide any help? Maybe they have a behaviourist that works there or can provide outside help?

I'm just curious are you experienced in dogs that have aggressive issue? I am a little shocked that a SPCA would adopt out a dog with agressive issues (as a liablity on their side) I mean i know some shelters that, if they have a adoptee who has extensive experience working with animals with behavioural issues, but its rare.

I hope you can find a solution. This dog deserves a second change and it breaks my heart in wondering why your dog has resorted to this behaviour, as I know it probably has to do with her previous contact with humans

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Old February 24th, 2012, 02:55 PM
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does she have any doggy friends at all that she gets along with?

it can be a long haul to desensitize her to other dogs, but maybe there is a trainer in your area who can help.

can you set up a small agility course in your yard for fun and exercise?

How about a 'flirt' pole for fun! google it and check them out.

Hugz to your hyper girl!
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Old March 1st, 2012, 07:22 AM
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perhaps the pipolino!

Hi,

though designed for cats, the pipolino toy seems a great idea!
I looked up the website myself and really think your dog should try it.
I have not much experience with dogs, but it seems like something that could bring ''hours of entertainment'' to a pet!

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